Louisiana Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Louisiana state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. It is customary for Louisiana landlords should provide 10 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Louisiana state landlords may charge up to $25 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

In Louisiana, a landlord may not increase rent during a fixed-lease term, unless agreed upon in the lease agreement.

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

The state has no legislation regarding a landlord’s ability to raise rent in retaliation for a tenant exercising his/her tenant rights.

However, it is illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the race, religion, gender, nation of origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

Louisiana provides no guidance on how much a landlord may increase a tenant’s rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Louisiana does not require a prior notice for a rent increase. However, it is customary that at least a 10-Day Notice be provided before the next month’s rent is due.

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Louisiana provides no guidance on how often a landlord may seek to increase a tenant’s rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Although the state of Louisiana provides no guidance in the amount that a landlord may charge as a late fee, it is required that this information be outlined in the lease agreement.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

A landlord may add a maximum of a $25 return fee or 5% of the amount of the check (whichever is greater) to outstanding rent for a returned check. (La. Rev. Stat. 9:2782(B))

Cities in the State with Rent Control

The state of Louisiana has no cities with legislation regarding rent control.